Surin Silver Bead & Blue Pearl Necklace, Thailand
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Silversmiths in Surin, northeastern Thailand use simple tools to create distinctive beads from pure silver. The decorative patterns are hand-etched onto the surface of each bead. This painstaking intricate process, from the centuries-old Khmer Angkor kingdom , survives in only one small community. The focal point of this necklace is a silver etched cylindrical bead with traditional Surin etchings, which is accented by minute silver beads and irridescent blue pearls. The claw clasp is accented with silver round beads with traditional Surin etchings. The necklace is approximately 22 inches long.
Working with over 60 artisan groups of diverse backgrounds and cultures from all regions of Thailand, ThaiCraft generates a fair income for village artisans while keeping alive craft traditions. create thousands of fine hand-crafted products, including jewellery, clothing, fabrics, household items, basketry, decorations, stationery, musical instruments, learning games and more.
Some groups focus on, or include, people with special needs. Some others face social, political or environmental difficulties. The rest include village cooperatives, slum projects, and small community workshops.
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